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judge green lights detroit's bankruptcy plan, allowing the city to cut pension plans. >>> joe biden - safety in the sky, a dispute between china and japan. >>> and a report says yasser arafat was not poisoned by radioactive polonium. it it disputes findings that there were high levels of the chemical in his body. >> hello, welcome to al jazeera america. i'm thomas draiton, good to have you with us. we are learning about the man at the controls when a speeding commuter train derailed in new york city, killing four and injuring dozens more. the engineer was in a daze at the time. lisa stark has more on the investigation. >> the national transportation safety board wouldn't say what condition the engineer may have been in prior to the tragedy, but found no indications of mechanic call problems. the brakes on the train, that barrelled along at 80 miles per hour, the breaks were tested before the run began, and worked fine at all the stops before the accident. here is board member earl weener. >> based on this data, there's no indication that the brakes were not functioning. >> rockerfe
within a decade. the u.s. vice president joe biden held talks in beijing to lower regional friction. it followed a stopover in japan where he said the u.s. would not recognize the extension of the military airspace of china to include islands famed by japan -- claimed by japan. the islands sit in an area of the east china sea rich in oil and gas. forchinese president met five hours with joe biden in talks described as tense. afterwards he said beijing sees itself as an equal partner with washington. >> the world is not tranquil. permanent members of the un security council, we bear an extraordinary responsibility to ensure world peace and stability. >> joe biden urged caution to avoid the risk of an escalation of a dispute over the islands but regional tensions remain. on wednesday, a senior commander of the lebanese hezbollah militia was shot dead by gunmen outside of his home in southern beirut. his death comes amid increasing withon in lebanon sectarian violence spilling over from the civil war in syria. >> on wednesday, the lower chamber of parliament and france approved legisla
force two in beijing china. vice president joe biden landed, days after the b 52 flew no disputed airspace over the south china sea, and questions about the disputed islands between japan and china. that's what the vice president is talking about in budget after leaving japan. we'll have more on that in a moment. >> we begin with this - the deadly train derailment. investigators say it was travelling at 82 miles per hour, three times the limit before the crashing, killing four, leaving dozens injured. with the speed we are learning something new about the man at the controls and what happened in the seconds before the disaster. lisa stark has more on that. >> they wouldn't say what condition rockefella may have been in. there's no indication of mechanical problems. the brakes, which was barrelling at 82 miles per hour into a 30 miles per hour curve, the brakes were working fine out all the stocks. here is m.t.s.b. board member earl wiener. >> there's no indications that the break systems were not functioning properly. rocker fella was on the second day of a nine hour shift. he sho
as vice president joe biden has wrapped up his visit here to china and is now traveling to south korea buying is on a weeklong asian tour of japan china and south korea. during his meeting with chinese peasant eugene paying the exchange views on china's recent announcement of its air defense identification zone i report on call has been closely following this visit and has this report. joe biden speaking the chinese call is filled with smiles and handshakes. but disagreements over china's announcement of an air defense identification zone are still widespread. biden said he was very direct present she jumped in. less firm than china's recent and sudden announced the establishment of new air defense identification zone has to state the obvious cause significant apprehension in the region see james dean calls for us to respect china's core interests and says the two countries should maintain what he calls the crack direction of the sino us relations. on sunday. china has set up the east china sea eric and i can put the case in style. how often the tournament needs of self defense in acco
liabilities detroit's bankruptcy plan, the ruling allowing the city to cut retiree pensions. >> joe biden's trying to find a diplomatic solution over disputes between china and japan. >> he's alive. >> what started as a recovery mission becomes a stunning rescue. the sole survivor of a capsize at sea stuck from days on the bottom of the atlantic. >>> a good morning and welcome to al jazeera america. it's good to have you with us. i'm drait. in a major development. the engineer of the train apparently admitted to a nunion representative that he nodded off at the controls. it happened while the train travelled at 82 miles per hour. the ntsp removed the commoout ear rail employees union, citing a breach of confidentiality when they talked to the media. >> al jazeera correspondent has the latest on the investigation. >> for the first time since the metro north train derailment leaving four dead and dozens injured attention is shifting from mechanical failure, focussing on the train's engineer. >> based on this data, there's no indication that the brake systems were not functions properly. >>
. >> and u.s. vice president joe biden is in china today. the top level visit is meant to build on cooperation between the two countries but instead it looks set to be dominated by china's controversial. air defense zone. over regional ireland at the heart of a dispute with japan, the last stop on biden's asia trip. let's bring in our asia correspondent who is covering his trip to china. i imagine it was a bit of a tensor welcome for joe biden today. >> a very tense welcome. making things worse, when he addressed a group of visa applicants at the u.s. embassy and encouraged them to question authority and spoke about academic and intellectual freedoms in the united states. between a tense meeting biden and chinese leaders. today, a state one chinese newspaper "the china daily" warned vice president biden from repeating -- against the repeating further remarks on the air defense issue. earlier this week china said its declaration of this zone was an attempt to unilaterally change the status quo and that it raised the risk for accidents and miscalculations in the region. >> what ar
is within international law. joe biden is in budget, having talks before heading to sea. washingt washington is refusing to recognise the zone. china wants everyone to tell them flight plans when they fly through it. robert mcbride is in hong kong. >> as joe biden wrapped up a difficult and sometimes tense visit to china, it was the issue that wouldn't go away. the controversy over the air defence zone. joe biden said it was causing comprehension among joe biden's neighbours, reiterating a supposition position that they were opposed to it. he revealed in talks with yingluck shinawatra, when it came to the issue, despite the smiles and friendship that exists between the two men, he was direct in putting forward america's position. china fired back in this verbal war of words, with a comment from the foreign ministry when they said they were straight forward in outlining china's position and it was within international law for china to adopt the zone. until the end of the visit the issue dominated the proceedings. biden goes on to south korea, for talks, and the north koreans crisis being top
to the test today. joe biden visiting with chinese president xi jinping. david mckenzie is in beijing following biden's visit. >> reporter: michaela, it was a red carpet welcome for the u.s. vice president but definitely tensions are high in this region. he'll be meeting with xi jinping, china's president, trying to diffuse attention. they announce an air defense zone, the u.s. saying a unilateral move that could lead to a wider conflict between these two economic power houses. biden will have to walk a tight rope in pressuring the chinese to dial back some of the rhetoric but also can't push too far. it's unlikely they'll go away from this zone, which they announced around two weeks ago. michaela? >> david, important meetings to be sure. thank you. the white house is prepared to negotiate a limited nuclear enrichment program for iran as long as the country holds up to its end of an international deal to curtail it's nuclear capabilities under rigorous global monitoring. the white house cautioned the program applies only to the nation's peaceful energy needs. the statement comes days
how the rules will work. joe biden was here in seoul speaking to the south korean president and they are very much on the same page as the south korean partners. >> harry fawcett, thanks for that, from seoul. >> let's go to beijing, to rob mcbride. how are the chinese to react? >> we are still waiting, but they issued plans last week. they expressed their regret and will respond pragmatically, keeping open linings of communication with south korea, urging them to work within international law and convention. coincidentally when china set up its own air defense zone which brought about this counter rise in tensions, it says and maintains that it was working within the international law. although of that it's disputed by many others. >> thank you, rob mcbride. >> in the occupied west bank a 15-year-old has been killed whilst playing football and he was shot in the back. the family is blaming the israeli military for his death. they are investigating. >> sudan's vice president resigned as part of a cabinet reshuffle. he was an important figure behind the 1994 coup that brought
with u.s. vice president joe biden. the u.s. state department declared itself on the same page as seoul. an extended zone will have nothing to do with maritime jurisdiction. >> south korea no longer wanted to extent the zone. one part of the east china sea has three overlapping zones. the coming days could allow for talks on how to managing a complex state of affairs and could set the stage for what no one wants, an accidental conflict in increasingly contested skies. >> this is the first time south korea adjusted the air defense zone since the u.s. set it up during the korean war in 1951. >> defense secretary chuck hagel is due to meet pakistan's prime minister. the first visit in nearly four years to pakistan. he'll meet the newly appointed army chief. >> a team of u.n. inspectors has arrived in iran, the first time they've had access to an iranian nuclear facilities in two years. they agreed to roll back their enrichment of uranium that could be used to build a bomb. president obama said the pursuit of a longstanding deal with iran is as likely to fail as it is to succeed. >> we have
's birthday. >> vice president joe biden has arrived in china by a visit overshadowed by territorial dispute. it's hours after he blamed beijing for increases tensions over a group of islands. he said he would raise the issue with china's leaders. >> coming with much friendlier visits between u.s. and china, the leg of this tour will be business like. relationships were already strained in ongoing disputes over remote islands in the seas, separating them. china's announcement of an air defense zone raised tensions to new levels. >> this is very delicate position. it has to strike a careful balance between reassuring and trying to restrain, you know, out of china, but trying to cooperate with china. >> biden is perhaps the best person in the current u.s. administration for doing business are china's xi jinping. even before she became president both sides nurtured the relationship between the two men. analysts question how much it will counselled, given the sensitivities of the disputes. >> xi jinping would like to take a tougher stand on foreign policy issues to shore up his popularity, and t
,000 jobs added in november. the jobless rate fell to 7%. >>> at the top of joe biden's agenda in south korea. >> trying to land in fierce winds in england. the captain tried to land twice, he had to abort. >> we've lost one of the most unflu unlun shl and courageous human beings. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the angels. >> how does a man maintain his strength, belief, integrity on an island where he's been sentenced to life in prison? >> there is nothing as inspiring as to know that -- ♪ by toyota. let's go places. toyota. let's go places. jeerks captioning funded by cbs >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." the world is >>> welcome to cbs this morning. the world is celebrating the life of nelson mandela. the activist and political prisoner who became south africa's first black president died last nigh at the age of 95. >> he led his country out of apartheid into an era of diversity and democracy with a simple message of peace. mandela was born in 1980, the son of a tribal chief. his mother gave him an african name which means troublemaker. was a schoolteacher though who re
in seoul. and joe biden continues his asian trip to beijing. on the november front, we'll get services pmi out of japan and india, as well. >>> we'll take a short break. still to come, what global macro environment will investors face in 2014? less of a fiscal drag? will the central banks withdraw stimulus or keep pumping? plenty more announcements coming up in the second hour of "worldwide exchange." see you in a few moments. hi honey, did you get the toaster cozy? yep. got all the cozies. [ grandma ] with new fedex one rate, i could fill a box and ship it for one flat rate. so i knit until it was full. you'd be crazy not to. is that nana? [ male announcer ] fedex one rate. simple, flat rate shipping with the reliability of fedex. >>> you're watching "worldwide exchange." i'm ross westgate. stocks in europe fall with miners leading declines and hovering near a five-month low after a steep drop overnight for gold. the opposition camped outside of parliament in the ukraine called for a no confidence vote. >>> plus, the web may be winning out this season. cyber monday sales hit a new record
and alliance of religious and political parties. meanwhile vice president joe biden begins a delicate diplomatic mission today and due to arrive in japan hoping to ease tensions in the bitter dispute with china and we report. >> they look like an army, they even act like an army but they are not a real army. these troops are from japan's self-defense force on training exercise earlier this year. but under japan's constitution they can only fire to defend themselves. with japan's larger neighbor china asserting itself internationally questions are being asked whether japan should rethink the role of the armed forces and china's declaration this week of a defense zone over the east china sea is making it all the more urgent. the prime minister has been pushing mps all year to change the path of his constitution. long-term defense guide lynn also be introduced in december and a national security council will meet for the first time after joe biden's visit. some hope biden's visit will harold a new relationship with the u.s. especially since china's announcement of the defense zone. >> tr
islands joe biden declared support for japan. >> we the us ar united states ae concerned about the attempt to change the status quo in the east china sea. he will bring up the island controversy in the leaders in babeijing the u.s. is obligatedy treaty to defend japan and it's at thterritories. >> in thailand another day of the protest in the streets of bangkok. but instead they work together. the police allowing the anti-government protestors inside government headquarters and the prime minister calling on police to refrain from violence demonstrators have been protesting corruption in the government and have called on the prime minister to step down. and in ukraine 300,00 300,000 rd in kiev. they are angry at the president for rejecting closer ties with the european union in favor of russia. secretary osecretary of state ks decided to skip a visit there this week and urged the government to listen to it's people. >> it's 20 minutes to the top of the hour america tonight is coming up joie chen is standing by to tell us what is on her program. >> good evening, john. , nice to see you. >> w
sea. joe biden also warns that the country won't accept a nuclear armed north korea. >> i was absolutely clear on behalf of my president, we do not recognize the zone. it will have no effect on american operations just ask my general. none. >>> india's trade minister has approved a draft trade deal at the world trade organization. ministers have been meeting for the past three days in the indonesian island of balli, it would see all countries rich and poor following the same cross-border trade rules. >>> more than half of india's population relies on food s subsidies to survive, but that could be jeopardized if the trade deal push through. >> reporter: it is a lifeline for those living hand to mouth. ration shops like this help the poor buy the basics. without this help people like this would be unable to feed themselves or their family. he is a laborer and earns 81 usd a month. >> translator: we rely on food subsidy, if it's taken away, i will not be able to survive. i have four children and they are all studying. it costs a lot. >> reporter: it's families like this that
. >>> and we'll tell you why england's cricketers are seeking redemption ♪ >>> u.s. vice president joe biden says he is deeply concerned about china's introduction of an air defense zone in the east china sea. al jazeera's rob mcbride reports. >> reporter: smiles for the cameras, but the start of talks are expected to be tough. on biden the burden of voicing the anger of america's allies in their standoff with china. but biden knows he has to stop short of damaging chinese and u.s. relations. for the chinese president, the need to look strong in his neighbor's eyes, while redefining the very nature of cha >> stephanie:'s relationship with america. >> the first test what the president has referred to is the great power and new great power relationships. great power rivalries in the past have lead to war, and the new relationship should head for peace. how this great power relationship is going to play out remaining to be seen. >> as biden arrived in beijing, state-run media was already carrying criticism, warning america of the perils offing tyking sides. >> you are candid and you are constru
's president discussed the plans with u.s. vice president joe biden during his visit last week. the state department has declared itself on the same page as seoul. expanded south korean zone would have nothing to do with maritime jurisdiction, adding it would stay in communication with seoul. south korea has long wanted to extend its air defense zone, three parts of the sea extending into countries of china, japan, and korea. it could set the stage for what nobody wants: an accidental contest and increasingly contested skies. >>> the international community won't accept these new air defense zones according to this expert. >> the military won't avoid it. the americans have already carried on flying their b-52 bombers through it. these unilateral declarations don't go down well in international circles. and people tend ofly through them to make a point. this is a political game being played out. thus far, it's just been played out at that time one level, and as employed, we make sure that it doesn't escalate out of hand. >> the rules are that military and civilian aircraft just carry on a
in northeast asia. >> south korea's president discussed the plans with u.s. vice president joe biden during his visit last week. the u.s. state department has declared itself on the same page as seoul. china release truck driver pictures of military exercises and says it would have nothing to do with mary tierit time jurisdiction. >> south korea has wanted to extend it's air defense zone. it leaves one part of the east china sea with three overlapping zones belong to go china, japan and south korea. the coming days could allow for talks on how to manage such a complex state of affairs. qualityly, they could set the stage for what nobody wants, an accidental conflict in increasingly contested skies. >> earlier, we spoke with brigadier general mark kimmet. here is what he had to say about south korea's claim. >> i think it was a pretty smart move on the part of south korea to make it clear and ex plicit where they believe their territorial rights extend into. that the way, they don't wake up one morning and have china declare an area that they suggest belongs to them, tonal have korea requiring t
in northeast asia. >> south korea's discuss the plans with u.s. vice president joe biden during his visit last week. they have declared itself on the same page as seuol, china has said an expanded south korea ian zone would have nothing to do with maritime jurisdiction. >> south korea has wanted to expand it's zone. china's actions have given it a chance to do that. it leaves one part of the east china sea with three overlapping zones belonging to china, japan and south korea. the coming days could allow for talks on how to manage a complex state of affairs. they could set the stage for what nobody wants, an accidental conflict in infested skies. >>> a team of u.n. weapons inspect orders arrived in iran today. it's the first time they have had access to a nuclear facility in more than two years. president obama has said yesterday the pursuit of a long standing deal with iran is as likely to fail as it is to succeed. iran has agreed to temporarily roll back its enrichment offun rainium which would be used to generate nuclear energy. iran insists it's nuclear program is peaceful. >> we have to n
television stations put out a video of him apologising. >> vice president joe biden and south korea honoured veterans of the korean war welcomed him home and covered him a lift. >> the dprk released someone they should never have had the first place. i offered him a ride home, but there's a direct flight to san francisco. i don't blame them, i would be on the flight too. >> merrill newman praised the deportation, he called on north korea to release kenneth bae. he has been in prison for a year. >> they have kenneth bae who has no reason to be held and should be released immediately. we demand his release as well. >> that sentiment echoed by merrill newman's son. >> we add do not forget ner american, kenneth bae, who is still being held in the dprk and we hope that he, too, will be allowed to rejoin his family. >> merrill newman is expected to arrive in san francisco saturday morning. >> vice president joe biden says he played no direct role in merrill newman's release. >> preparations are under way for the burial of nelson mandela. people are gathering in johannesburg celebrating his life wi
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an aspirin regimen. if you've had a heart attack, be sure to talk to your doctor >>> vice president joe biden is on a mission to ease tensions between china and japan. he met with japan's deputy prime minister tarot aso and other ministers in japan. caroline kennedy was also there. >> high on the jend calming japan's fears about china's new air defense zone in the east china sea. biden actually said he was deeply concerned that beijing wants the u.s., japan, south korea and everyone else for that matter to notify it if planes fly through this extended 600-mile air space. the vice president meets with china's president she ping on wednesday. >> after being on defense for two months on obama care, the white house is now playing offense. the president was battered for two months with bad publicity over the failures of the health care.gov website. >> the white house says it's now time to promote the president's signature health care plan now that the website's fixed and apparently running pretty well. >> that's what they say. that it's running smoothly, but republicans who opposed the health care
joe biden. the president called biden an old friend and praised u.s.-china relations. biden described the relationship between the two countries as full of promise. their public remarks gave no hint of the tension, however, between the united states and china concerning air space over the east china sea. however, senior officials traveling with the vice president say during private talks, biden told the president that the u.s. does not recognize china's newly declared air defense zone over that disputed area and that the u.s. has deep concerns about the situation that this is about as delicate as a regional situation can get. yesterday, biden assured japanese leaders that he would push china over the issue. >> we will, the united states, are deeply concerned by the attempt to unilaterally change the status quo in the east china sea. this action has raised regional tensions and increased the risk of accidents and miscalculation. >> and that is the big fear, of course. this dispute could put tys with china to the test. we got word from a senior administration official that mr. biden did
in northeast asia. >> reporter: south korea's president discussed the plans with joe biden during his visit last week and they declared they are on the same page as seoul and china has an expanded south korea zone saying it would stay in communication with seoul. they want to extend the air defense zone and china has given it a chance to do that and leaves the china sea with three overlapping zones belonging to china, japan and south korea and they could have talks how to manage the complex affairs and it could be what nobody wants, a conflict in an increasingly contested skies and harry faucet in seoul. >> this is the first time it was adjusted since it was set up by the u.s. during the korean war this 1951. a week of remembering nelson mandela starting with a national day of prayer. millions packed mosques and churches of all faiths to celebrate the country's first black president, vigils have been held out mandela's home since he died thursday. parliament will hold a special session today in cape town to honor him and they are remembering the man fondly known as mediva and hundreds will
the anything ni. >> reporter: u.s. president joe biden is set to visit the region. his first stop is japan. he will arrive in tokyo later tonight be and meet with prime minister shinzo abe later today. the two countries have been clear in not acknowledging china's air space claim by continuing military operations over the area. china has said all flights, including military and passenger planes, must submit flight plans in advance for those that pass through the newly declared air zone. so far the u.s. has sent bomber planes without request. also at the meeting biden is expected to call for tokyo's cooperation in wrapping up the trans pacific partnership free trade talks in hopes to reach an agreement. that's all from the nikkea business report. >> thank you for that. >>> chinese investors are hoping to cash in on the abe vinnestment. go to c fl bc and see why wealthy chinese are dipping their toews into japan's economy. >>> thai protesters are trying to talk with the government. they've called for strikes and giving the prime minister a two-day ultimate tum to hand over he power. over the wee
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that it was biden because you know what joe is like. but he may not be the most tactful in diplomacy, but you know what? he knows how the game works. he's always the one over here who comes around and says, i know how this works, we have to talk to both sides. so i think biden probably is the right guy to do it. meantime, carl icahn stepped up pressure on apple. and in a tweet, he -- whew. every waking thought that icahn has about apple we have to -- all right. he said he's filed a shareholder proposal with apple for a much smaller stock buyback than he previously advocated. cnbc reports that icahn's plan calls for a $50 billion buyback and he had originally been looking for $150 billion. >> this is a little bit of a stepdown. >> yeah. but tim -- you know, we've had conversations with tim before. we know he's a viewer. he knows my efforts to get you away from the dinosaur with your keyboard. >> i know what i'm getting for christmas. >> okay. it's -- >> the only thing i've asked for for christmas. it's working. this is the only thing i've asked for for christmas. >> icahn at this point is almost li
up including an exclusive sitdown with msnbc. also this morning, as joe biden makes a swing across key country, we'll take a look at what's at stake for the u.s. with this asia visit. >>> and new details this morning on the deadly commuter train wreck in new york. investigators say the train was going three times as fast as it should have been on that sharp curve. good morning from washin.
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